I’ve been waiting for this album since 2011 when Wobbler released the masterpiece “Rites at Dawn.” Like everything that Wobbler does, that was a great album. And while it’s been six years, their new album “From Silence to Somewhere” has been worth the wait. Unlike many progressive rock bands, Wobbler don’t play progressive rock…they ARE progressive rock.
Wobbler’s sound has been compared to classic Yes both musically and vocally. I also hear some Gentle Giant and Genesis in their style. But their style is very much their own. Yes they do have what some would call a retro sound because they use all of those great vintage instruments: mellotron, organs and a Chris Squire bass sound. But “From Silence to Somewhere” is no tribute to the sound of old. It’s what prog SHOULD sound like.
The title track kicks things off in grand fashion. It’s another true epic from Wobbler. 21 plus minutes of genre defining music. It’s more of a journey than a song. Wobbler are great at having powerful sections joined seamlessly together. The track has really everything a prog fan could want: twists and turns, great solos and incredible harmonies. “Rendered in Shades of Green” is the short track on the album at just over 2 minutes. It’s a nice piano driven piece with string and keyboard accompaniment, which makes for a short breather from the bigger tracks.
“Fermented Hours” starts out with an organ riff that reminds me a little of “Sound Chaser” before there’s an “AHHHH” which reminds me of a different Yes track. The song isn’t as jazzy as “Sound Chaser,” instead it rocks much harder and more relentlessly. It has it’s tangents of course including an Emerson-esque keyboard part. The closer “Foxlight” is led mostly by a harpsichord! Yes really. Wobbler actually made a harpsichord sound HEAVY. I love this track and it’s probably my favorite on the album. It makes for a perfect finish to a damn near perfect album!
Welcome back, Wobbler!! “From Silence to Somewhere” was exactly what I was hoping it would be. It’s a slab of progressive rock done by one of the best pure progressive rock bands out there today! I just hope I won’t have to wait another 6 years for the next album!
1. From Silence to Somewhere
2. Rendered in Shades of Green
3. Fermented Hours